Your wedding ring is the most important piece of jewellery you’ll ever buy, so it’s important to get it right! Sarah from Est.1897 explains how to buy the perfect wedding ring in 2017…
When it comes time to pick the perfect wedding ring, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all your options! To help you navigate the confusing world of cuts and carats, I’ve pulled together my best bits of advice for a bride looking for a beautiful band. Stick to these tips and you’re sure to end up with a wedding ring that suits you perfectly and also won’t look dated in a few decades’ time. They might even help you save a bit of money along the way.
Know your ring size
First things first: you need to know your ring size before you start shopping for the perfect ring. You can get your ring finger measured at any good jewellers, and you can also do it yourself at home using online ring size guides.
If you fall in love with a one-of-a-kind ring that doesn’t fit, remember that you can get it resized. However, you might want to think twice about buying a band that’s too small for you: while making a ring smaller doesn’t cause any problems, expanding it can weaken the band and make it susceptible to breaking later down the line.
Choose your metal wisely
Platinum wedding bands have surged in popularity over the past few years. It’s no surprise why, either: it’s not only the strongest and most durable metal, but also one of the most beautiful. However, it’s also the most expensive!
Before you join the trend and splash the cash on a platinum ring, consider a gold or silver one instead. You might find these just as easy on the eye and a lot easier on your wallet.
Be careful with your carats
We all know 24 carat gold is the best you can get, right? Well, not when it comes to your wedding band. The lower the carat, the more hardwearing the gold.
14–18 carat gold tends to be the best choice for a wedding ring, as it’s beautiful but durable enough for everyday wear. Be sure to keep this in mind when you’re choosing your ring.
Match it with your engagement ring
For instant style, match your wedding band with your engagement ring. Coordinate metals and any gemstones for a unified look and it’s impossible to go wrong.
If your engagement ring features a hefty gemstone, you might consider a shaped wedding band that interlocks with it. This will keep them snug on your finger and really make them look like part of a matching set.
On the other hand, you might want to deliberately contrast metals and gemstones to keep the two rings distinct. This really comes down to personal preference, so go with whatever you think looks best.
Get to know your gemstones
Unless you’re a jeweller, you probably haven’t spent much time thinking about diamond cuts. But if you’re after a wedding ring that features a girl’s best friend, it’s important to know your princess cut from your pear cut, so be sure to check out online diamond shape guides for a quick primer.
Savvy shoppers know that diamonds significantly jump in price at the carat and half-carat marks. You can make serious savings by going for a stone that comes in just under the next mark, and no one is ever going to be able tell your diamond is 1.8 carats instead of 2.
If you’re after a vintage style or you’re conscious of cost, why not pick up a pre-loved ring? Even experts can struggle to tell a new ring and refurbished antique apart. However, your wallet will certainly be able to tell the difference, with pre-loved rings coming in at about half the price of their contemporary counterparts. This means you can get a much bigger bang for your buck.
Follow these foolproof tips and you’re sure to pick the perfect wedding ring to match your personality and represent the special bond you and your husband share.
Thank you to Sarah for those tips! Visit est1897.co.uk to shop their range of pre-owned wedding rings.